Checklist for the Prevention of Manual Handling Risks

Manual handling of loads (MHL) includes lifting, holding, putting down, pushing, pulling, carrying and moving a load. It is one of the major causes of musculoskeletal disorders (MSDs). These are impairments of the bodily structures such as muscles, joints, tendons, ligaments and nerves, or localised blood circulation systems that are caused or aggravated primarily by the performance of work and by the effects of the immediate environment where the work is carried out. MHL should be avoided as much as possible, but sometimes it is impossible to avoid entirely in the workplace.  It is then the responsibility of management to minimise the risks.  This checklist includes questions related to all aspects of manual handling and offers examples of preventive measures that can help to improve handling and therefore reduce risks. The preventive measures follow the general principles of prevention in the Council Directive concerning health and safety at work (89/391/EEC).

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Checklist for the Prevention of Manual Handling Risks

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